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Panera opening at Presidential City

Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 12:19 PM
There's a tenant on the way to fill the long-empty restaurant space at Presidential City apartments on City Avenue in Wynnefield, where it meets the Schuylkill Expressway. Panera Bread. It's due to open in the spring after a considerable build-out. The thousand-unit apartment complex is getting new... Read more

Susanna Foo's return to Center City is next month

Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 11:19 AM
Pioneering Philadelphia chef Susanna Foo and her son Gabriel now are targeting mid-January for the opening of Suga, which will mark her return to Center City after nearly seven years. The Foos are setting up SUGA at the former longtime home of Genji at 1720 Sansom St., and the building has had extensive... Read more

Craftsman Row Saloon: Coco's gets a new old look

Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 10:50 AM
You've seen it a hundred times: New owners take over a long-running bar, gut the place, strip it of its character, and reopen, thinking they've reinvented the wheel. George and Vasiliki Tsiouris did nothing of the sort after buying the Jeweler's Row institution Coco's, which ended its three-decade... Read more

Vetri named as best Italian restaurant in U.S.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 1:21 AM
Time Out - the listicle-heavy city entertainment guide - has named two local restaurants to its roster of the 20 best Italian restaurants in the United States. At Number 1 is Vetri, Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin's boutique at 1312 Spruce St. The editors rave: "What can be said about Marc Vetri’s... Read more

Banh Street: Viet hoagies in Abington

Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 12:32 AM
In between shifts on the smoker at his Lucky Well restaurant in downtown Ambler, Chad Rosenthal has been picking up kudos for his banh mi. Everyone, it seems, is riffing on the Vietnamese hoagies, which started gaining a local following about a decade ago. They scream "Philly." They're built on sturdy... Read more

Bernie's opening in Glenside

Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 2:52 PM
Bernie’s Restaurant & Bar completes its 10-minute move from Oreland (where it was Bernie's Pub) to Glenside, opening Monday, Dec. 7,. The new location, at 391 Highland Ave. (215-572-5927), is behind Sussman Kia, off Baeder Road near Baederwood. It's a 115-seater, plus 65 on the patio in... Read more

Circles Thai opening in Collingswood

Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 12:44 PM
Nearly eight years after opening Circles Thai in South Philadelphia, Alex Boonphaya is planning to open his fourth location in late December at 8 Powell Lane in Collingswood. The new spot, a 40-seat BYOB plus patio, replaces Table 8 Bistro (and previously was Kitchen Consigliere before it moved nearby)... Read more

Sardi's: Peruvian chicken on City Ave., by way of D.C.

Monday, November 30, 2015, 3:18 PM
Let's give Sardi's Pollo a la Brasa credit. For the first Philadelphia location, the Beltway-based Peruvian chicken quick-serve chose a storefront not 60 feet from the busy Boston Market on City Avenue, across from Bala Shopping Center (4510 City Ave., 215-307-3658). Sardi's delivers a tasty, juicy... Read more

Dock Street Brewing goes back to the bottle

Sunday, November 29, 2015, 11:24 PM
Dock Street Brewing Co. will celebrate its 30th anniversary by packaging and bottling its Rye IPA, the company's first bottled beer destined for beer shops in more than a decade. The Rye IPA happens to be Dock Street's best-selling beer and was the first beer out of the tanks in 2007 when Dock Street... Read more

Pizza and tacos? Sí, in Logan Square

Sunday, November 29, 2015, 10:51 PM
Last spring, Justino Jimenez left his kitchen job with Marc Vetri at Vetri and Amis to chase his dream of owning his own restaurant. And he did it - opening Los Jimenez Mexican Cocin at Sixth Street and Oregon Avenue in South Philadelphia. Solid little spot in a former deli with a few tables, a flat-top... Read more
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